Blog posts

Under the shadows of statues, we’ll meet

8.14. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Kevin Ressler is Executive Director at Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and co-founder of the Lancaster Action Now Coalition. He attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. This poem was written and spoken on August 13 for a vigil in Lancaster’s Penn Square in solidarity with the Charlottesville community following the terrorist marches of white […]

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Treating the illness of Trumpism and ending white silence

6.23. 2017 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

Photo: Participants at the February 2017 Hope for the Future gatherings. From left to right: Rafael Barahona, Calenthia Dowdy, Ann Jacobs, Evelin Gonzalez and Colleen Whigham-Brockington. Photo by Jenny Perez Castro.  It’s been seven months since I last wrote in this space about the results of the U.S. presidential election. Since then the broader shape […]

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Hope for the Future: Do you want to get well?

3.24. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

This is the third post in a blog series from participants in Hope for the Future (HFF), an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across Mennonite Church USA. Hyacinth Stevens, is co- pastor of King of Glory Tabernacle in the Bronx, New York. She is also a program coordinator for MCC East […]

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Hope for the Future: Top 10

2.21. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Eloy Rodriguez is the principal at the New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky and three kids, Addie (9), Joel (6) and Sarah (1). This blog reflects on the recent Hope for the Future (HFF) event, an annual gathering of people of color serving in leadership positions across […]

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Dallas makes nonviolent direct action all the more important

7.10. 2016 Posted By: Tim Nafziger

In the wake of the shootings of police and civilians in Dallas, many voices are blaming the Black Lives Matter movement and the growing opposition to police violence and white supremacy. But now more than ever we need movements of committed, militant nonviolence. Shootings like the one in Dallas grow out of what scholar Ron […]

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Boarding schools and the Indian Child Welfare Act

5.24. 2016 Posted By: Erica Littlewolf

Erica Littlewolf works with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States with the Indigenous Vision Center (IVC).  Photo: A group of graduates from a boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Boarding schools removed Native American children from their homes and families.  In my work, I spend a lot of time thinking about things in popular media that the […]

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The Colorful Mind, Walking in Freedom

5.17. 2016 Posted By: Lauren Francisco

April 27, 2016, a public holiday that holds incredible significance for South Africa. It’s Freedom Day. On my day off, I usually walk up the large hill I live on, carefully taking long strides,while remaining cautious of monkeys crossing the street. Reflective and thankful, I hear a group of women asking one another, “Where were […]

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